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Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events



K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
9/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas Beef Council to Host Free BQA Training Sessions



The Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University and the Kansas Beef Council are partnering to host four advanced beef cattle care and health training sessions in Kansas during October. The Beef Checkoff-funded sessions will provide beef producers and veterinarians with up-to-date standards and technologies to improve animal welfare and food safety. The training sessions will be led by the Beef Cattle Institute’s Dan Thomson, DVM, Ph.D.; Chris Reinhardt, Ph.D.; and Dave Rethorst, DVM.
9/17/2014 8:00:00 AM


Beef Cattle: Time to Track Cow Body Condition Scores... Play Audio



K-State beef cattle specialist Sandy Johnson discusses the merits of tracking cow body condition scores at this point of the production season, as a guide to managing the cow-calf herd into the fall and winter.

9/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.
 

9/16/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's cattle market commentary:  he looks ahead to the USDA's monthly cattle-on-feed report coming out later this week, and looks back at the USDA's latest crop production report and what that signifies to the cattle trades.

9/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


New Cow-Calf Publications Available... Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney discusses cow-calf management when pasture is limited, as well as managing the cow herd in a drylot situation...both topics are covered in new Extension publications from K-State.

9/14/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



News briefs from agricultural markets, producers, and policy makers.

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


EVENLY MIXED RATIONS Play Audio



Many dairies utilize total mixed rations, or T-M-Rs, as their herd nutrition approach of choice.  Research has shown that often, those rations are mixed unevenly, resulting in uneven nutritional distribution throughout the herd.  And, as K-State diary specialist Mike Brouk outlines this week, corn silage is frequently at the root of that problem.   

9/11/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Latest Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.
 

9/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Alleviating Chronic Pain in Beef Cattle... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Butch Kukanich and Iowa State veterinarian Hans Coetzee talk about the new  protocol they've developed for alleviating chronic pain in cattle, particularly after they've been worked, which has been found to improve the eventual performance of those cattle....this is being touted as a possible alternative to antibiotic use in cattle health management.

9/10/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/9/2014 7:00:00 PM


Today’s Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

9/8/2014 7:00:00 PM


Beef Animal Welfare Views: U.S. Public vs. Cattle Producers



A main goal of research in any area is to address a knowledge or information gap. Although prior research has addressed the issue of animal welfare in certain areas—the swine and egg industries as examples—limited research currently exists comparing producer and consumer views of beef and dairy animal welfare, said Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for Kansas State University.

9/8/2014 8:00:00 AM


A Look at the Livestock Markets Play Audio



The director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, Jim Robb, comments on the resounding rebound in fed cattle prices last week, and talks about the latest beef export data and the LMIC's analysis of retail beef margins, as talking points for this week's cattle market segment.

9/7/2014 7:00:00 PM


PREPPING FOR COLD WEATHER Play Audio



Late summer will soon give way to the cool of fall, and shortly thereafter, the cold of winter.  Dairy producers would be wise to start preparing for the change, in terms of facilities and cow health management.  K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk covers several of those items this week.   

9/4/2014 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Craig Smith



From track and field to the farming field. Today we’ll meet a young Kansan who has made the transition between those two. In doing so, he is positively impacting the lives of young people in rural Kansas.
9/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


Americans’ Taste for Beef Continues, Even at Historically High Prices



Kansas State University agricultural economist Glynn Tonsor said beef demand this year has been surprisingly strong, especially in light of historically high prices. He spoke about the outlook for the U.S. beef and cattle industry and herd expansion at the 2014 K-State Risk and Profit Conference.


9/3/2014 8:00:00 AM


Livestock Market Update... Play Audio



Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market insight:  he comments on whether the fed cattle market has bottomed out, having leveled off after drifting lower for several weeks, and on the big surge in feeder cattle prices at the Kansas auctions last week.

9/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Economics of Testing Beef Calves For BVD... Play Audio



K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek reviews a new study on the economic value of testing beef calves for BVD:  how that testing affects the market value of those calves at auction, and why testing is so important for identifying persistently-infected cattle.

9/1/2014 7:00:00 PM


Stocker Role in Beef Cattle Herd Rebuilding is a Topic at Sept. 25 K-State Field Day



The role of stocker cattle in beef herd rebuilding, as well as production considerations and water use, are among topics planned for the 2014 Kansas State University Beef Stocker Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 25.
8/29/2014 8:00:00 AM


Agribusiness Expert Sees Big Potential in China for U.S. Corn, Livestock Exports



Recent government policy changes in China have the potential to boost U.S. agriculture, particularly the corn and livestock sectors, according to Iowa State University economics and finance professor Dermot Hayes. Photo courtesy of Iowa State University
8/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


K-State Research and Extension to Host Field Day at Columbus Sept. 26



K-State Research and Extension will host an agricultural field day at Columbus on Sept. 26. The event will start at the Cherokee County 4-H building located at 114 W. Country Rd. in Columbus. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be furnished by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
8/28/2014 8:00:00 AM


PACKING CORN SILAGE Play Audio



With corn silage harvest time here, this reminder comes from K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk: precision is a necessity when packing silage in a bunker or pile.  It starts with harvesting at the proper moisture content.  From there, the goal is assuring that the silage is packed tight.  Brouk talks this week about achieving that goal.                                            

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Agricultural News... Play Audio



K-State Radio Network agriculture director Eric Atkinson reports on the day's top stories.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


Smooth Transitions For Newly-Weaned Beef Calves... Play Audio



K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner looks at managing the feed intake of newly-weaned beef calves:  the rations that will allow for a smooth transition to dry feed, and how to present those rations effectively...using a stair-step process in administering the weaning diet, as developed at K-State's Agricultural Research Center at Hays.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


The Farmer’s Daughter: A Women in Agriculture Series



Advancements in farming technology have opened the door to more women returning to run the family farm, which used to be considered a “man’s world.” High tech farm equipment has helped to alleviate the physical demands, and the need for business management skills fits the abilities of many women.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - High Plains Journal



July 30, 2014. Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Agricultural Editors’ Association is announcing its national awards, including the Story of the Year. And the winner is: The High Plains Journal from Dodge City, Kansas. Today we’ll learn about this remarkable publication and its emphasis on quality and innovation.
8/27/2014 8:00:00 AM